by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief
In today’s video you’ll discover:
- Where I got an awesome Holy Chic shirt for only $6!
- Why I was questioning myself
- Creating vs. Responding
- How to be happy!
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We are excited to share the amazing Courtney Dailey of Courtney Dailey Photography today as she shares gives the scoop on Beauty Photography. Don’t forget that Courtney is in the forum all month as our Monthly Mentor!
BEAUTY PHOTO OFTEN HAS THE APPEARANCE OF BEING SIMPLE, YOU’RE ONLY SHOOTING THE MODELS UPPER TORSO AND FACE, AFTER ALL. HOW TOUGH COULD IT BE?
IN REALITY, BEAUTY PHOTOGRAPHY CAN BE ONE OF THE TOUGHEST GENRES TO SHOOT! ITS BECAUSE THE SUBJECT HAS TO CONCENTRATE ON HER EXPRESSIONS, TO THE POINT OF MICRO MANAGEMENT WHILE THE PHOTOGRAPHER HIGHLIGHTS THE PRODUCT THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL; THE MAKEUP.
In order to make a dramatic image with strong light work you must have a subject with great skin, symmetry and who’s comfortable on camera. Shooting beauty with new talent, can be tough, because shooting beauty is about little movements, versus large smooth transitions, like in fashion.
For this set I wanted Nydia’s warm caramel skin to just glow. She has great skin, so I knew I wanted to shoot with some harsh hot light. Hot lights not only give the skin this skinkissed look, but it also gives me the ability to shoot video while I shoot my stills. That’s a massive plus in the commercial world!
First, the details: I captured this image using a handheld, but I shouldn’t have done that. Why? Even when shooting with flash, there is always some motion blur. It was shot on a Canon 7D, ISO 800, open at f3.2 on a 28-75 Tamron.
Distance from camera to subject was about 4 feet. Nydia was seated behind a TriFlector, so it was fairly easy for her to maintain balance. She did have some trouble with the lights in her eyes, which made it difficult for me to get pictures of her without her squinting.
The best directional light is a spot Fresnel. I like the color the Fresnel gives with a 80C blue correction filter on it. Normally I’d use an 80B, but I knew I wanted the background to be blue from the strobe I’d be using on the background. If I took to much warmth from the subjects main light (the Fresnel) id be dealing with a blue mess.. The Fresnel was open to allow a large circle of area, so the model could move without drastic light changes. I flagged the sides of the light with the lights barndoors while also using actual flags to the sides of Fresnel to block the light from hitting my background.
Behind Nydia are 1 light, a Westcott Strobelite with an umbrella facing the back wall and a few mirrors tilted to give interesting reflections. There is a mirror to the models left and behind. Since I slightly corrected the main light, it allowed tmy subject to still be warmly lit, while giving my background a nice blue glow.
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